Manchester United will reportedly have to spend £130million this summer in order to fix their defence to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s satisfaction.
United had the leakiest backline in the Premier League’s top six last season. They shipped 54 goals, which was also more than Wolves, Everton, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Newcastle conceded.
According to the London Evening Standard, Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City centre-half Harry Maguire are United manager Solskjaer’s top targets.
Wan-Bissaka and Maguire would not only improve United’s first XI.
They would also boost their squad’s homegrown quota as both came through English academies as teenagers – Wan-Bissaka at Palace and Maguire at Sheffield United.
They are also proven stars at Premier League level.
Twenty-one-year-old Wan-Bissaka made 35 PL starts for Palace last season and was the 14th best player in the division based on his average match rating on WhoScored.com.
And 26-year-old Maguire, who was one of England’s best performers at the recent Nations League finals and last year’s FIFA World Cup, has been a rock for Leicester since joining from Hull in 2017.
The Standard report that United have already failed with one bid for Wan-Bissaka but should be successful when they improve their offer to nearly £50m.
Meanwhile, London’s most-read regional newspaper claim that Leicester value Maguire at £90m but may accept £80m.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2019-20 season will be published on Thursday morning.